Friday, May 15, 2009
Wanna Be a Parent?
It was flour sack baby week at school! My students draw a slip of paper (either boy, girl, or a combo of twins) and are given flour sacks that they have to dress up and carry around everywhere for a week. If any teachers see any incidences of child abuse, they email me and I start docking grades. (This picture was taken today, when they were turning them in, and most of them had just taken off the babies' cute clothes. Notice the football player and batman, who won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in our "Cute Baby Contest") Then for one day, then had to trade them in for a mechanical baby to take home and bring back in the morning. They cry at any moment, and the battery-powered box inside them keeps track of any instances of rough handling, neglect, and how many minutes they cried for before getting attention. My favorite part was deciding what program to put it on (most of them got the "cranky" setting, unless they had twins, or they told me about an AP test they had to take in the morning). One of my rotten kids got the "drug affected program" and they had to wake up 25x in the night to tend their crying mechanical baby. :) Aren't I mean?! And the best mentor/friend ever: Miss Lenora Reid, who has helped me SO much this year! We've had so many great experiences as I've tried to follow in her footsteps! Someday I'll be like Lenora. (And notice the new haircut in pigtails --7 inches!)